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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
by Jon Meacham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.18

1.0 out of 5 stars Hagiography not worth the effort of reading, 16 July 2014
Reader be warned, this is a hagiography, not a biography or a history.


Wages Of Fear
Wages Of Fear
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4.0 out of 5 stars The film has dated, but is a masterpiece none the less, 21 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Wages Of Fear (DVD)
You will see why Clouzot was hailed as the French Hitchock after watching this film. His photography and direction are taunt and fast, if a little too theatrical compared with modern films, and melodramatic in bucket loads. Definitely worth watching, it is still a masterpiece.


Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States
Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap Between Latin America and the United States
by Francis Fukuyama
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The institutions, stupid!, 5 April 2014
Fukuyama's collection of essays get around to pointing the finger for the development gap between the U.S. and Latin American economic & social performance at the poor quality of its institutions (in the broadest sense), but it does so slowly. Fukuyama's essay at the end of this book should have been the introduction to this book, as it was difficult to follow the other contributors without knowing where this collection of essays was leading to.

My biggest annoyance about this collection is that it does not make clear which institutions are to blame for the development gap, or whether it is absence of certain institutions that is to blame. If this book had explicitly named the culprits and the reasons/process for their inability to deliver better development outcomes, this would have been a brilliant book. For instance, the lack of an effective tax laws and an efficient tax collection system are identified as a major drag on Latin American development, but this is not investigated in any great depth, despite the wealth of citations from sources addressing this issue.

Likewise with the theories of economic development, it is not really clear how poor institutions are inhibiting growth. Theories such as Rostow's stages of growth, and policy prescriptions such as the Washington Consensus are discussed, but the precise mechanism of economic development failure is not described. Periods of rapid economic development seem to have occurred in Latin America despite the lack of a strong institutional framework, so identifying institutions as the problem is a little bit trite.

Argentina is given prominence in these essays, yet this book fails to answer the specific question why this country experienced periods of extreme success (thanks to the refrigerated meat trade with Europe) but fails to identify the key influences that held it back. Perhaps a second volume of essays is needed to get to the specific detail?


Falaise: The Flawed Victory - the Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944
Falaise: The Flawed Victory - the Destruction of Panzergruppe West, August 1944
by Anthony Tucker-Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful study but deficient in some regards, 6 Nov. 2012
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Anthony Tucker-Jones assertion that the failure to close the Falaise allowed many German units to escape and regroup and subsequently defeat the British in the Battle of Arnhem is a great insight, but I found that overall this book made for difficult reading due to there being too few maps, and what few maps there were in the book did not show the locations of the actions described in the text.

The dispostion of German units during the Normandy campaign are described clearly and in great detail, but then again the book did make any comparison of the relative strength of the Allied units facing them, which would have provided useful context.

Falaise is a facsinating chapter in the Normandy campaign, and although this book helped me understand why the German units were able put up stiff resistance due to their organisation and equipment, it did not clarify why the Allied forces could not break them entirely, despite having the advantage of air cover and superiority in numbers.


Sapphire 11164-04-20R HD 5750 1GB Vapor-X GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card
Sapphire 11164-04-20R HD 5750 1GB Vapor-X GDDR5 PCIE Graphics Card

2.0 out of 5 stars Good card, bad drivers, 27 July 2012
I have been using this card for just over 2-years to play Company of Heroes (which is a very graphics hungry game), and the card has run smoothly with no faults. Its not a high end card, so I can't run the game at maximum level of graphic detail, but the game looks very good even so.

What I have found annoying is that the Sapphire HD 5750 does not work with the driver updates that have been released since I bought the card back in 2010. The current driver version (at the time of writing in 2012) is 12.6, but my card won't work with any version higher than 10.1 and what annoys me is that neither Sapphire nor AMD/Radeon have addressed this problem.


The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
by J. Adam Tooze
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force in economic history, 7 Dec. 2008
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This book represents well-researched economic history at its best by outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the Third Reich and dispells many myths about the German economic performance and armaments production during the period. This book will provide a deeper understanding of strategic choices made by Hitler and the terrible consequences of Pan-European war he chose to wage. A "must-read" for students of wartime economics and history buffs alike.


Mrs Ferguson's Tea-set, Japan and the Second World War: The Global Consequences Following Germany's Sinking of the SS "Automedon": The Global ... Germany's Sinking of the SS "Automedon"
Mrs Ferguson's Tea-set, Japan and the Second World War: The Global Consequences Following Germany's Sinking of the SS "Automedon": The Global ... Germany's Sinking of the SS "Automedon"
by Eiji Seki
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £62.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important research on why Japan chose to side with Germany in WWII, 6 July 2007
Don't let the title of this book mislead you; the tea-set in question is in some ways a red herring, but in other ways it is an important artifact in Japanese history. Thanks to the author's outstanding research, this book shows how captured British government documents transported by the SS Automedon fell into the hands of a German merchant raiding ship and were passed onto the Japanese Government, which at the time was considering whether or not to join the Axis in war against the Allied powers. Although much of the original source material which could provide explaination as to why the Japanese government decided to join forces with Germany in WWII is now lost, this book provides a historically useful insight as to how Japanese military strategy was influenced by captured top-secret documents, not only because of their content (which could have been intepreted as a bluff created the British), but because of their extraordinary provenance of the caputured papers which Seki (the author) has revealed in his book to be one of the reason why the the Japanese military convinced themselves to embark upon military and territorial expansion into South-East Asia, which led to war with the United States, and ultimately military defeat and destruction. This is an important book for any historian who is seeking to an answer to the question as to why Japan embarked upon such a wreckless strategy.


Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes (Absolute Beginner's Guides (Que))
Absolute Beginner's Guide to iPod and iTunes (Absolute Beginner's Guides (Que))
by Brad Miser
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Leave this book on the shelf, 12 Jan. 2006
This book is a straightforward user guide, but it does not tell you how to deal with music files that are incompatible with the iPods proprietory system, which is a disapointing omission.
This is not a trouble shooting guide, so if you are looking for comprehensive information, leave this on the shelf.


The Headhunter
The Headhunter
by Paul Kilduff
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters, each with an interesting story, 18 Jun. 2005
This review is from: The Headhunter (Paperback)
What is so likeable about this thriller is the way the characters each have a gameplan which involve high stakes as you would expect in the world of finace, testing their nerves to the limits, which helps build tension as the story unfolds.


Vertigo [CD 1]
Vertigo [CD 1]
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Price: £1.00

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think the chorus sounds like..., 10 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Vertigo [CD 1] (Audio CD)
The Supremes - You Keep Me Hanging On


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